Category Archives: IP AND PATENT NEWS

USPTO Announces the Global Patent Search Network – Chinese Patent Documentation

In an effort to expand the coverage of worldwide patent collections, USPTO announces the launch of its Global Patent Search Network. This new search network provides streamlined search capability to multiple international patent collections and makes patent research easier and more comprehensive. As a result of cooperative effort with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) […]

EPO Announces Addition of Six New Languages to Patent Translate

In a move to further improve multilingual access to information contained in patent documents, the European Patent Office (EPO) now made another set of European languages available in its free machine translation service Patent Translate. With the addition of Bulgarian, Czech, Icelandic, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian, the service now offers on-the-fly-translation from and into English for […]

EPO Announces European Inventor Award 2013 Winners

The EPO has announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2013, which honours outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress. Some 500 guests attended the award ceremony at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, including Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Sander Dekker, the Netherlands State Secretary for […]

EPO and IEC Agree to Cooperate on Standards and Patents

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have agreed to work closely together by facilitating the EPO use of IEC’s standardisation documents in all phases of its patenting process. The agreement sets another milestone for co-operation between the EPO and Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) to ensure greater legal certainty for patents […]

Unified Patent: Objections Dismissed

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has rejected complaints from Spain and Italy about the legality and fairness of plans for an EU unitary patent framework. 24 EU countries, including the UK, have signed an agreement for the creation of a new unitary patent court system that should deal with cases relating […]

Joint EPO-USPTO Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) System Successfully Entered Force

As anticipated, the joint EPO–USPTO Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system entered into force on 1 January 2013. It has already fully replaced the EPO’s “ECLA” classification scheme. CPC is now also the official classification scheme of the USPTO and will gradually replace the USPTO’s US Patent Classification (USPC) system over a transition period of two […]

USPTO: “First Inventor to File” Process Now in Action

The new first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) have taken effect on March 16, 2013. According to the USPTO’s announcement, the move to a FITF system is “one of the hallmarks of the AIA,” and constitutes “a major step towards harmonization of the U.S. patent system with those of the United […]

2012: A Record Year for the EPO

The number of patent filings at the European Patent Office originating from the 38 EPO member states reached a new peak in 2012, beating the previous record set in 2008. “The growth of filings from European businesses is a clear indication that industry here has opted to innovate its way out of the economic crisis”, […]

PCT Authorities Committed to Enhancing Quality

Last week, the EPO had the pleasure of hosting the 20th session of the PCT Meeting of International Authorities (MIA) in Munich. 2013 is a significant year, with the 35th anniversary of the first ever PCT filing and the 40th anniversary of the signing, in 1973, of the European Patent Convention. There have always been […]

EPO Welcomes Historic Signing of the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The European Patent Office (EPO) welcomes the signing by EU ministers today in Brussels of an international agreement establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which paves the way for the implementation of a unitary patent system in Europe. Signed by 24 EU member states today in the margins of their Competitiveness Council meeting, the agreement […]